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Crystallography related meetings in the crystallography community. If you wish to place your meeting on the Hampton Research website, submit the details to tech@hrmail.com.


3rd CCP4/BGU Workshop on Data Collection and Structure Determination


February 26 - March 1, 2023
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, and everybody who is interested is welcome to apply.

The workshop program will be suitable for last-year PhD students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and young scientists in their first years of research.

The workshop will concentrate on practical aspects of data collection, structure solution, model building, refinement and validation. Modern methods, benefiting from structure prediction with AlphaFold-2, as well as more traditional approaches to Molecular Replacement and Experimental Phasing will be considered in detail.

In addition, all participants will have an opportunity to carry out remote data collection at Diamond Light Source on their own samples.

A team of leading structural biology software developers from around the world will present lectures and tutorials and will also be available to help participants with their own projects, such as processing own data and solving structures during hands-on sessions of the workshop.

More information, including “how to apply”, registration form and tentative program, can be found at: https://lifewp.bgu.ac.il/wp/ccp4workshop/  

The closing date for application is December 20, 2022.


West Coast Structural Biology Workshop


March 19 - March 22, 2023
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California

After a pandemic hiatus, the West Coast Structural Biology Workshop (WCSBW) will return. March 2023 will present the 25th meeting of this historic and influential workshop focusing on methods developments in structural biology. Driven by rapid advances in the field, the workshop will encompass the latest methods for structural analysis. With the exception of our two keynote speakers (Profs. Juli Feigon and Robert Stroud), following the meeting’s traditional format, talks will be almost exclusively by graduate students and postdocs presenting their leading work. Posters and oral presentations will emphasize the technical challenges and achievements enabling successful structural analysis. As in past years, the meeting will be held at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA. This idyllic venue and the interactive spirit of the WCSBW meeting offer wonderful opportunities for interactions between current and future leaders in structural biology.


RapiData at SSRL 2023


March 22 - April 1, 2023
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory campus in Menlo Park, CA

Applications are now open for the 2023 edition of RapiData at SSRL. RapiData is a practical course in macromolecular X-ray diffraction data collection, data processing and structure solution. The aim of the RapiData course is to educate and train young scientists in data collection and processing methods at synchrotron beamlines, using state-of-the-art software and instrumentation. The course will be held virtually at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) located on the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory campus in Menlo Park, CA, from March 22 - April 1, 2023.

The course will comprise hands-on experiments at the SSRL beamlines, software tutorials, and lectures on the following topics: Specimen preparation, Data collection strategies, X-ray light sources, X-ray detectors, Data reduction, Structure solution by MAD, SAD and Molecular Replacement, Complementary methods (spectroscopy and small angle scattering)

Please visit https://www-ssrl.slac.stanford.edu/rapidata/rapidata-2023/ and use the link on the \"Application/Registration\" page to apply for the course. The application deadline is January 13, 2023. Successful applicants will be notified early in late January 2023 and invited to register

Please direct questions to Silvia Russi (srussi@slac.stanford.edu) or Clyde Smith (csmith@slac.stanford.edu).


CCP4/APS School in Macromolecular Crystallography: From data collection to structure refinement and beyond


March 27 - April 3, 2023
Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), near Chicago, Illinois, USA

We are pleased to announce the 15th annual CCP4/APS crystallographic school “From data collection to structure refinement and beyond” will be held on March 27th to April 3rd, 2023 at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), near Chicago, Illinois, USA.

All details can be found at the school website:

http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/schools/APS-2023/index.php. This will be our first post-COVID in person workshop, scheduled before the APS upgrade shutdown.

Dates: March 27 through April 3, 2023

Location: Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne (Near Chicago), Illinois, USA

The school comprises two parts: data collection workshop and crystallographic computing workshop. Data collection workshop includes beamline training, data collection on GM/CA@APS beamlines 23ID-D and 23ID-B equipped with Pilatus3 6M and Eiger 16M detectors respectively, and data processing. For data collection, only the participants\'

crystals will be used. Crystallographic computation workshop will feature many modern crystallographic software packages taught by authors and other experts. The daily schedule will be organized in three sections – lectures, tutorials, and hands-on (interactive trouble-shooting of the technical difficulties the participants face in their projects). We have had considerable success resolving these problems in past years, attested by resulting publications (see http://www.ccp4.ac.uk/schools/APS-school/publications.php). A draft program can be found at the School website.

Applicants: The workshop strongly encourages students who need expert help with difficulties/challenges in their own projects. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career faculty, along with commercial/industrial researchers are encouraged to apply. Only about 20 applicants will be selected for participation.

Application: Application deadline is Jan 31th, 2023. To apply, visit https://www.ccp4.ac.uk/schools/APS-2023/application.php

Fees: There is a $500 participation fee for the selected academic students and $1500 for industrial researchers. No credit card will be required for registration, students who are selected to participate will be contacted to pay. The students will be responsible for their transportation and lodging. The workshop organizers can assist in making lodging reservations at the Argonne Guest House. The workshop will cover all other expenses (including meals).


HTCC5 – Experimental advances in macromolecular crystallography


April 16 - April 21, 2023
Dubrovnik, Croatia

HTCC WORKSHOPS – What is it all about?

Since 2014, HTCC workshops have tackled the most fascinating achievements in both experimental methods and theoretical approaches, that have recently brought structural research to the forefront of natural sciences. We try to bring together leading experts in selected domains as lecturers, and motivated young(ish) scientists in crystallography or related fields as “students”, who may come from both academia and industry, and who are interested in acquiring new knowledge on the cutting-edge methods in structural science and exploring ways to apply them in  their ongoing research.


Time-resolved spectroscopy meets time-resolved crystallography. The future of dynamic photobiology


April 17 - April 19, 2023
Virtual

We would like to announce the EMBO workshop: Time-resolved spectroscopy meets time-resolved crystallography. The future of dynamic photobiology which will take place virtually from 17th to 19th April 2023.

This workshop aims to bring together workers from the fields of time-resolved spectroscopy and time-resolved X-ray techniques as well as theoreticians in order to present their recent works and discuss the synergy of the experimental techniques to advance our understanding of light-induced biological dynamic processes and foster new collaborations between the different fields. To this goal, the workshop will also highlight the cutting-edge instrumentation that facilitates ‘game-changing’ advances in biological dynamical processes.

Invited speakers are: Camila Bacellar Cases de Silveira (PSI), Giulio Cerullo (Politecnico di Milano), Jacques-Phillipe Colletier (IBS, Grenoble), Greg Greethman (CLF),Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (Yale University), Miroslav Kloz (ELI Beamlines), Matteo Levantino (ESRF),  Steve Meech (University of East Anglia), Eriko Nango (Tohoku University), Abbas Ourmazd (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), Valerie Panneels (PSI), Arwen Pearson (Universität Hamburg), Katalin Pirisi (University of Pécs),Antoine Royant (ESRF), Tullio Scopigno (Sapienza Università di Roma), Marten Vos (IPP, Palaiseau), Martin Weik (IBS, Grenoble), Henrike Werkmeister-Müller(Universität Potsdam).

We acknowledge kind support by the University of Pécs (Medical School), the Institute of Structural Biology (IBS, Grenoble) and the European Synchrotron Research Facility (ESRF). 

More information will follow soon. Meanwhile, interested participants can sign up on https://coming-soon.embo.org/w23-63 to be informed once the website is live.


9th NovAliX Conference “Biophysics in Drug Discovery 2023


April 26 - April 28, 2023
 Philadelphia, United States & Virtual 

We are extremely pleased to announce that the 9th NovAliX Conference Biophysics in Drug Discovery is scheduled from April 26 to 28, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA, United States. After the positive experience made in 2022 with the hybrid format in Munich, and to keep providing access to a broader audience, virtual participation will also be possible!

The live event offering unprecedented social experiences will be specifically designed to enhance the meshing and mingling opportunities with peer scientists along the conference. The professionally broadcasted conference will allow distant participants to enjoy a high-quality digital experience.

This ninth edition of the NovAliX Conference aims to bring together the community of biophysicists, structural biologists, pharmacologists and medicinal chemists, to explore synergies between their disciplines to deliver better drugs on a shorter timeline.

Indeed many pharmaceutical companies have set up in-house biophysical and structural biology platforms to speed up the target-to-candidate process and improve the quality of small-molecule therapeutics through a better understanding of their interactions with their targets. Academic labs involved in early-stage drug discovery also heavily rely on biophysical and structural biology techniques. And many synchrotron facilities now also include cryo-EM to offer a more complete, versatile panel of structure determination capacities, in particular for drug discovery projects.

The Conference Program will include the following Sessions:

  • Biophysical Assays for PROTACs and Molecular Glues
  • Covalent Drug Discovery
  • Small Molecules Targeting RNA / Understanding Small-Molecule Selectivity Towards RNA
  • Hybrid Methods and Technique Combinations
  • Emerging Technologies - New Biophysical Approaches for Measuring Molecular Interactions

Selected vendors will be presenting their latest drug discovery enabling products. In addition, to further promote scientific interactions for the participants, there will be both an active on-site and virtual poster session.

The full scientific event will be accessible to all registered delegates, both on site in Philadelphia and via top notch broadcasting to be enjoyed from remote.


Macromolecular Crystallography & Cryo-EM School - MCCS-2023


May 8 - May 12, 2023
Department of Crystallography and Structural Biology of the Institute of Physical-Chemistry

The workshop is meant for 25 graduate students or researchers with previous expertise in crystallography and/or CryoEM who need a deeper insight into the most advanced crystallographic and CryoEM techniques to carry out their research projects. The program traditionally covers aspects such as sample preparation, structure solution, model building, crystallographic refinement, validation, and analysis of the structural results, as well as an overview of the newest structural biology technologies. On top of these subjects, this year\'s program will include those aspects related to the impact of Artificial Intelligence methods on structure solution and low-resolution refinement. In addition, we will cover dynamic crystallography at XFEL and synchrotron and ligand building for drug discovery.


10th Annual BioXFEL International Conference


May 16 - May 18, 2023
La Concha Renaissance in San Juan, Puerto Rico

We are pleased to announce the National Science Foundation’s BioXFEL Science and Technology Center 10th Annual International Conference is OPEN for registration.  The BioXFEL Conference will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2023 through Thursday, May 18, 2023 at the La Concha Renaissance in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  We anticipate attendance of over 150 individuals, including principal researchers; postdoctoral fellows; graduate and undergraduate students; representatives from NSF; and industry partners.  Our attendees are experts and up and coming researchers from across the globe. Registration and Further information can be found at https://www.bioxfel.org/events/details/1278


Structural Drug Design 2023: Biology, Chemistry and Computers


June 2 - June 10, 2023
Erice, Italy

The past two years have been transformational in showing how the medical and scientific communities can respond to acute health threats: the worldwide collaboration of scientists from all fields of biology, chemistry and structural sciences delivered results at previously unseen speed. Nevertheless, understanding and managing all aspects of human health remains one of society’s biggest challenges, and this in turn requires a robust understanding, currently still highly incomplete, of the underlying biology and healthy and diseased states. Structural information illuminates and accelerates all aspects of this drug design process, but the focus has remained decisively on the earlier stages, to providing tools for the understanding of the disease biology. Moreover, traditional structural biology techniques have now been thoroughly integrated with other disciplines, including biophysics, informatics, biology and chemistry. This continuous evolution means that success of the entire process depends on proper management of the increasing complexity, diversity and volume of data generated.

The purpose of the course is to provide the students with: a) an overview of the current structural and biophysical techniques used in the field; b) the use of informatics tools in drug discovery; c) the evolving role of chemistry in drug design and biology understanding; and d) an introduction to biologics and their applications. Several case studies will be presented to highlight the different topics. Hands-on workshops and tutorials will complement the lectures.

Registration for the 58th course of the International School of Crystallography, \"Structural Drug Design 2023: Biology, Chemistry and Computers” to be held in Erice (Italy), June 2-10, 2023 is now open!

For this Course the theme is integration of chemistry, biology, informatics and structural sciences to illuminate and accelerate all aspects of structure-based drug design. Several case studies will be presented to highlight the different topics, and hands-on workshops and tutorials will complement the lectures.

More information, including how to apply, grant support, registration form and tentative program, can be found at https://crystalerice.org/2023/.  

The closing date for application is November 30, 2022


14th International Conference on Biology and Synchrotron Radiation


June 11 - June 14, 2023
AF Borgen, Lund, Sweden

International Biology and Synchrotron Radiation (BSR) meetings are held every three years with the aim of presenting and discussing state of the art application in relevant research fields. 

They have a long-standing record since the first meeting in Frascari, Italy in 1986. Subsequent meetings were held at sites or near the most advanced light source facilities around the world, with the last BSR meeting taking place in Shanghai, China in 2019.

BSR is a unique forum to discuss the novel possibilities of synchrotron and X-rays lasers and to promote their application to challenging biological problems.


26TH CONGRESS AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF CRYSTALLOGRAPHY


August 22 - August 29, 2023
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee of the 26th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography and the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand, we would like to extend our warmest invitation to you and your family to join us at the IUCr Congress in Melbourne, Australia from 22-29 August 2023.


28th Enzyme Mechanisms Conference


January 3 - January 7, 2024
Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples Florida, USA

Since it\'s inception in 1969, The Enzyme Mechanisms Conference has brought together academic and industrial scientists to discuss new ideas at the forefront of mechanistic enzymology. The goal is to foster collegial interactions among chemists and biochemists who seek to understand the chemical basis for enzymatic catalysis and regulation of enzyme action and those who apply that knowledge for practical applications. 

The Enzyme Mechanisms Conferences have brought together academic and industrial scientists to discuss new ideas at the forefront of mechanistic enzymology. The goal is to foster collegial interactions among chemists and biochemists who seek to understand the chemical basis for enzymatic catalysis and regulation of enzyme action and those who apply that knowledge for practical applications.

The conference has been held biennially since it was founded in 1969 by Tom Bruice, Bill Jencks, and Myron Bender. Over the past 50+ years, the conference has provided an outstanding forum for the presentation and discussion of the most exciting advances in our understanding of the mechanisms of enzyme action and their application to pharmaceutical design and action and to plant health.

The 28th Enzyme Mechanisms Conference will be held in Naples, Florida January 3-7, 2024. The conference will begin with a reception Wednesday evening and conclude with a banquet Sunday evening. The General Sessions will be held during the mornings and evenings of Thursday and Friday and morning and afternoon on Saturday. Posters will be displayed the entire time with dedicated Poster Sessions in the afternoons and evening on Thursday and Friday. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to attend and present their work in poster format.

For the 2024 conference the organizers have introduced some schedule modifications that build in added time to present and view posters and additional time to enjoy the resort and surrounds each afternoon. On Thursday and Friday the daytime general sessions will be bridged by a pre-lunch poster session.  Lunch will be provided each day of the conference so that these events run seamlessly through to the afternoon free time.